November 23, 2001 GUIDE Don't celebrate rampant consumerism this holiday season gifts for one another; parents ' - Laura Ingalls Wilder's My, how times have changed! ebration? explains. the focus away from the material- Dr. Harvey Martin, professor of Also impacting the material- ism of Christmas? The key is bal- should join in this gift making as book. Little House on the Americans will spend approxi- details a p pioneer mately $200 billion on Christmas Christian education at. ism of Christmas are destructive ancing the head (facts), heart well. Pr.'iirii-, f h gifts this year, which equals two- Northwestern College in Saint philosophies of the day, for exam- <emotions) and hands (involve- Set aside a family day for ChriMmus when the gifts she ple, "If it feels good, do it" and "You ments of children, Martin says. something special — museum received were a new tin cup, a thirds of the entire defense budget Paul, Minnesota, offers some or around $800 per person. So insight, beginning with the bring meaning to life." "Christmas is an excellent field trip, volunteer at a communi- stick of peppermint candy, a small Another cause for the material- opportunity to challenge chil- ty/church kitchen, visit a nursing heart-shaped cake made by her how have exhausting trips to deconstruction of history itself. glitzy malls and pricey gifts "Because much of history has istic focus is disintegrating child- dren's creativity and imagination, home. mother with white flour and hood. "Children are having to a proactive approach as opposed Instead of spending money on a sugar, and a shiny new penny. She changed the simplistic historical been rewritten as propaganda, it's and spiritual aspects of prompting people to question the make choices before they are to entertainment, which is non- trip to Disneyland that only enter- wrote 50 years later "thut was a capable. Parents are spending active," he explains. Turn off the tains, spend the money on a short- happy Christinas." Christmas into a materialistic cel- history of Jesus and his birth," he more money on them, but less TV and read the Christmas story term mission trip to help in poor time with them. They throw up from the Bible. Read the "Little areas of Jamaica. Bahamas or values and let the children decide House" books to give the children Mexico. Christmas at the City their own morals. Evert organized an idea of a pioneer Christmas to Use money normally set aside play leaves no time for a kid to be help them realize and appreciate for Christmas gifts to outfit a dis- a kid. It's all about competition, how blessed they are today. advantaged family for the winter schedules and activities." To help children experience with coats, boot*, blankets, even Rampant consumerism is an God, not just know of Him, and heating costs. obvious cause of materialism. stimulate creativity and imagina- Volunteer to clean the house or "Retailers target kids," Martin tion, Martin has some suggestions do yard work for an elderly or sin- says. 'They know they can sell to for Christmas 2000. gle parent neighbor. kids via the parents who are more Call a halt to gift giving as in Write to missionary kids and willing to spend money than the past. Instead of a family trip send them creative homemade time." So how can parents shift to the mall, use that time to make gifts and cards. Stage the Christmas story — Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise- (freetwys men, and angels — with "actors" from the family or neighbor- hood. 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A gift list of overpriced action Grl Scouts Will collect warm ogn mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for the needy United Melliodlst Youth Fellowship will serve cocoa figures can take a bite out of your 1 .. and will be collecting non-perishitbic fotxfe <ind i.iniied goods for ilw needy. • All Holiday & General Gifts including budget and leave little for deco- Yankee Candles. Boyds Bears, rating and entertaining. You Saturday, December I 9iOO a.m,- 4s00 pm. • Wi-Mfleld Service Le.igue Ihrlft Shop, I 14 Elmer Strrel Precious Moments, TY Plush don't want to hamper your holi- Holiday Sale - <<ill for additional (Malls - CX1HI 233-2530 and So Much More! day fun, but you also don't want to be paying for Christmas in Sunday, December 2 April. 12(00 Noon - 2:00 p.m. MotoPhoto Portrait Studio. ?b\ North Avenue Go Real or Fake It? Photos with Santa s|M>nsor«l hy the Downtown Wcslflckt Corjioijtloii Tret1 5x / with donation of ?. cans of non-pcrishabie food tor the The world population can be WrMlteld food Pantry. divided into many groups, but 6:00 p.m. - IOIOO p.m. On [In- sifocls In downtown Wt-stllrld. N| O none are H diametrically Westfield Holiday Stroll Sliop at |Wtld|>.ulng stores and Mip|x>tt Westfleld suidonts and school programs through the Education Fund of opposed as real and artificial tree Westfleld, Inc. Entertainment sponsored by Hie Downtown Westliekl Corporation. Details call fducallwi rund-Etalne Slabe • (008) 2JZ-2603 buyers, According to the National Thursday, December 6 Christmas Tree Association 6i30 p.m. - 7)30 p.m. - Caroling at the corners of Qulntby &. Elm Streets sponsored l»y Rrtteemer Lutheran Chuich JIKI School: (NTCA), 44 percent of trees sold Public Is welcome to join In the sinking Cards * Gifts • Gourmet Baskets • Godiva Chocolates each year are real and 55 percent 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Musical Performances In downtown stores sponsor til by the Downtown WuMllHd Corporation are artificial. Real tree lovers 39 South Marline Avc. • Fanwood 322-4008 sing the praises of sweet- Saturday, December 8 Mon.-Fri. 9-9. Siil.-Sim9-6 smelling pine, while artificial 9t3Sa,m. - 1:35 p.m. - Noith Avenue fulii Station «t, SintiV C.IMIS H I lollnuik O I I H / T * [ I U KI\> k:\% H r t.vK»M» ARJV S»VSI, fans appreciate needle-free car- Santa Claus Train Ride sponsored by |etscy Ccnlrwl R.iilvv.ty Historical Society. %[l adults. $10 children unitei 12, Info, (008) 781-1896 or pets. But which is more economi- WWW,lrchs.org 1 hour ride to HIRII Bridge with Siinta giving out candy canes, coloring books, t rayons JIIKI one MO Train Set prize pet twin car. cal? Tickets available ,\\ Krunner's Opticians. 100 East Broad Street, Westlield N| 11)00 a.m. - 2s00 p.m. - Watson Highlanders Pipe Band s|K>nsor«1 hy the Downtown Weslfietri Corporation-, liagplpers and drum inets will perform traditional lestive rimsli throughout downtown Westtleld. N| k A natural tree can cost S4 to $8 per foot depending on the type, NTCA found the average I li30 a.m. - 12i3O p.m. - Yule tide Carolers sponsored by the Downtown Wesilield CorpoMllon; Carolers dressed In Dickens1 attiie will tree price in 1999 was $32. not stroll thuHigh downtown Westfleld. N| enteitalnlnj; shojipi'is including the one-time purchase ttOO p.m. - 3t00 p.m. - Women's Barbershop Quartet s|Kinsured by the Downtown WeslliHd CorfHir.ttton; l\arl>er<,liL)p harmony group of a stand. A quality artificial will perform (hroutjlHW* downtown Westfleki N| tree can cost between §200 and $400. If you plan to keep an arti- Sunday, December 9 ficial tree for several years, faux 2i00 p.m. - 4)00 p.m. - Musical Performance In downtown stores spoilsmen tiy the Downtown Westfleld Corporation may be the way to go. However, most artificial trees are not Thursday, December 13 biodegradable, while real trees 6i30 p.m. - 7i30 p.m. - Caroling M the corners of Qulmby &. Elm Streets sponsmed hy Redeemer Lutheran Church ,ind School; Public Is welcome to join in the singing can be recycled or, if purchased 6:30 p.m. - 8tJ0 p.m. - Musical Performances In downtown stores sponsored hy Downtown Westtleld Corporation with the root ball intact, replant- ed. Lighten Up support Saturday, December 15 I llOO a.m. - 2sOO p.m. - Watson Highlanders Pipe Band sponsored hv the Downuwn Wesilield Corporation; Bagpipers and drum- For some people, the holidays HUMS will perform traditional lesttve music throughout downtown Westlield. N| aren't complete without a plastic I ll30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Yuledrle Carolers sponsoied l>v Ihe Downtown Wesilield Corporation: Carolers dressed In "Dickens" attire will Santa and a blinding light show, but high voltage displays can strnil tliiougl) downtown vXvsifleki. N| entertaining shoppers llOO p.m. - 3)00 p.m. - Women's Barbershop Quartet sponsored hv the Ptnvnlown Westfield Corporation: Barbershop harmony group will |M.'lfivm throughout itowiilnwii Westlk'ld. N| uom local small also run up electric bills. To reduce energy costs, turn on your decorations only in the evening Sunday, December 16 llOO p.m. - 4i00 p.m. • Musical Performances In downtown stores sponsored by the Downtown Westfleld Corporation business.,. and only when you're home. Use a timer to shut them off automat ically. The Energy Idea Thursday, December 20 Clearinghouse at Washington 6:30 p.m. - 7i30 p.m. - Caroling at the corners of Qulmby & Eltn Streets sponsored liy the Redeemer Lutheran Church and School; . State University also recom- I'nlilU is welt oilie to join In the singing mends replacing your seven- or 6t30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Musical Performances In downtown stores s[xmsoted by (tie Downtown WcMflelri Corporation nine-watt Christmas lights with EWA Has Over 10,000 Exciting Ways To five-watt lights which use 30 to Saturday, December 22 45 percent less energy and last 11:00 a.m. - 2i00 p.m. - Watson Highlanders Pipe Band spon^m-d by the Downtown Wcstfleld Corporation; &,igplpers and drum- Make This Holiday Season Extra Special! 65 percent longer. mets will pi'rtnrin tradltioiiiil festive musk throughout downtown Westfleld, N| Try Traditional 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Yuletlde Carolers sponsoreil hv the Downtown Wesifiekt Coiiwratlort: Cafolers diessed In 'Dickens: altfre will slroll thiough dnwntttwn Westlield. N| enteitalnlnu, shoppeis 3 2 Shopping Days Til Christmas Is your tree still donning llOO p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Women's Barbershop Quartet s|xm>.oii-d by the Downtown Westticld Coifx>t,itlon; Barbershop harmony group metallic ornaments and fuzzy will peifomi throughout dtnvntown Wesilield. Nj garland from the disco era? If you want a different, inexpensive look, go from 1970 to 1870. Enlist Sunday, December 23 the kids to string popcorn, cran- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Musical Performances in downtown stores sponsored hy the Downtown Westfleld Corporation berries and pasta for old-fash- ioned garlands. To really feel like MODEL CAR CENTER Martha Stewart, try garlands of Automobile Models, Books, Videos A Magazines dried oranges and apple slices or For Additional Information on Events taking place In Westfleld, Nf, cranberries and cinnamon sticks 205 Fit. 22 E. Green Brook Make cutout cookies to use as please check the Downtown Westfleld Corporation's 732-424-0200 ornaments, but add extra flour or website at: http://westfleldnluitacllck.com www.ewacars.com you'll have hendlees gingerbread people.
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